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Dakar Rally: Rugged Racers Cross Desert and Dune

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Image: Buggy driver Llovera of Andorra drives during the 2nd stage of the Dakar Rally 2015, from Villa Carlos Paz to San Juan

Buggy driver Albert Llovera of Andorra competes in the second stage of the Dakar Rally from Villa Carlos Paz to San Juan, Argentina, on Jan. 5, 2015.

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KTM rider Jakub Przygonski of Poland rides during the second stage of the rally on Jan. 5.

The race finishes on Jan. 17 in Argentina, where it started, after passing through Bolivia and Chile.

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Czech rider Ondrej Klyciw of Barth Racing competes in the fourth stage between Chilecito, Argentina and Copiapo, Chile, on Jan. 7.

Originally the Paris-Dakar rally, the race has been in South America since security concerns forced the cancellation of the 2008 rally.

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Peugeot driver Stephane Peterhansel and co-pilot Jean Paul Cottret, both of France, race during the cars' seventh stage between Iquique, Chile, and Uyuni, Bolivia, on Jan. 10.

Started by French motorcylist Thierry Sabine, the first rally of 182 vehicles left Paris on Dec. 26, 1978 on a 6,000-mile journey to Dakar, Senegal.

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Image: KTM rider Marc Coma of Spain rides during the 7th stage of the Dakar Rally

KTM rider Marc Coma of Spain rides during the motorcycle seventh stage from Iquique, Chile, to Uyuni, Bolivia, on Jan. 11. During some sections of the race the different vehicles competed in separate stages.

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Drivers cross Bolivia's Uyuni salt flat on Jan. 11. The Uyuni salt flat is the largest in the world, located in Bolivia near the crest of the Andes, some 12,000 feet above sea level.

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Hummer driver Robby Gordon and co-pilot Johnny Campbell of the U.S. race across the Uyuni salt flat on Jan. 11.

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Motorcyclists cross the Uyuni salt flat on Jan. 12.

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Kawasaki's Chilean driver Patricio Cabrera walks on the Uyuni salt flat on Jan. 12.

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Yamaha's Spanish biker Juan Pedrero Garcia competes during between Uyuni, Bolivia, and Iquique, Chile, on Jan. 12.

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Toyota's Giniel De Villiers of South Africa and co-driver Dirk Von Zitzewitz of Germany compete during Stage 9 between Iquique and Calama, Chile, on Jan. 13.

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Spain's Joan Barreda of HRC races across the sand on Jan. 13.

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Robby Gordon and Johnny Campbell of the U.S. take air as they drive for Speed Energy Racing HST Hummer on Jan. 13.

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Yamaha rider Olivier Pain from France races on Jan. 13.

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Mini's Nani Roma of Spain and Michel Perin of France compete on Jan. 13.

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Fabien Planet of France rides for Sherco TVS Rally Factory RTR450 during Stage 10 between Calama and Cachi, Argentina, on Jan. 14.

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KTM's Polish biker Jakub Przygonski competes during Stage 11 of the Dakar Rally between Salta and Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina, on Jan. 15.

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